The Franklin County Sheriff’s Office is following up on several leads that may help find Pappy.
Buffalo Trace Distillery reported Tuesday more than $26,000 of rare Pappy Van Winkle bourbon was stolen.
Sheriff Pat Melton told The State Journal that 65 cases — with three bottles per case — of Pappy Van Winkle’s Family Reserve 20-year-old bourbon and nine bottles of Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye were taken.
Melton would not disclose any information about the leads Saturday, but said the investigation is progressing. The sheriff’s office continues to look at the case as an internal job and suspects the bourbon was stolen over the last couple of months.
“We’re not sure where these leads will go,” Melton said. “It could be something, it could be nothing.”
The 20-year-old Pappy Van Winkle is the top-rated bourbon in the world, with a 99 out of 100 rating by the World Spirits Championship, according to the Buffalo Trace website. It retails for $130, but experts say the price more than doubles in the “secondary” or “black market.”
Van Winkle Family Reserve Rye is aged for 13 years and is worth about $25 a bottle.
Since news of the theft broke Wednesday, the case has garnered national attention. Media outlets such as USA Today, CNN and the New York Times have reported on it.